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from an italian prison to her home in seattle, amanda knox lands in the united states and talks publicly for the first time about her ordeal. plus -- >> go, go, go, go! >> a building explodes moments after ohio firefighters go inside to search for victims. the amazing moment of impact caught on camera. and why u.s. leaders at the
united nations got up and walked out right in the middle of a security council meeting. good morning to you. it is wednesday, october 5th. this is your a.m. "wake-up call." i'm carol kos tecostello live fw york this morning. it's a brand-new day in every sense of the word for amanda knox. she'll be waking up at home for the first time in four years. she returned with her family yesterday, just one day after an italian appeals court overturned her murder conviction in the death of her british roommate, meredith kercher. knox held back tears speaking to reporters thanking her parents and her friends for their support during her time in prison. >> what's important for me to say is just thank you to everyone who has believed in me, who has defended me, who has supported my family. i just want -- my family is the
most important thing to me right now, and i just want to go be with them. so thank you for being there for me. >> italian prosecutors say they'll appeal the knox ruling to italy's supreme court. the wall street protesters are getting reinforcement from groups who know a thing or two about demonstrations. several unions endorsing the occupy wall street movement and plan to join the protesters in new york's financial district today. one labor leader says his union supports the protesters because, quote, these young people are speaking for the vast majority of americans who are frustrated by the bankers and the brokers who have profited on the backs of hardworking people. end quote. the protests started several weeks ago and have spread to several other cities. members say they oppose corporate influence, social inequality and other disparities between the rich and poor. there is a sharper focus this morning to the battle for the republican presidential nomination. we now know that new jersey governor chris christie is not going to enter the race.
after several weeks of growing support for a white house run, christie says he's sticking to his current job. >> now is not my time. i have a commitment to new jersey that i simply will not abandon. >> christie dismissed questions on whether he'd consider running as vice president on the republican ticket, saying he doesn't think he'd even be asked. democrats in west virginia are celebrating earl ray tomlin's victory at the gubernatorial election. he belt out businessman bill maloney in yesterday's special election zpoit a flood of gop attack ads trying to link him to president obama. tomlin took over as acting governor last year as joe manchin was elected to the u.s. senate. it happens nearly every day and it could well happen again today. deadly anti-government protests in syria. months of a violent syrian crackdown spilled over into the united nations, triggering a
walkout by u.s. ambassador susan rice. her move came after china and russia vetoed a security council resolution condemning the syrian government's response to the protests. rice said the obama administration was outraged by the vote. at least 2600 people have been killed and thousands injured since the protests started in march. in restitution finally for the victims of bernard madoff's ponzi scheme. nearly three years after the scheme unraveled, about $312 million in recovered money will be distributed today. the trustee in charge of liquidating madoff's securities firm says the money is urgently needed by some of madoff's former customers. today's distribution is being made to holders of 20/30 accounts. madoff is serving a 150-year prison sentence. now let's head to atlanta and rob marciano. i don't want -- >> where were you yesterday? i was worried about you.
resting up for game four? >> stop that. the tigers had a total bull pen meltdown. i know that. but today is another day. >> as if the yankees haven't had offensive bats all season long. it's turning out to be a fantastic mlb postseason. oh, i didn't know this was coming. >> i love that. >> isn't that cute? old school and everything. by the way, in full disclosure, i'll be taking friday off. this was planned well ahead of time. i am watching the whole game. i managed to make it to the eighth inning last night. because i felt guilty about turning it off in the seventh inning the night before. enough of that. let's talk about what's shaking as far as weather is concerned. fall is in the air, no doubt about that. we'll probably have delays across the northeast. not because of the showers and the unsettled weather that we've been dealing with the past couple of weeks, but just because of some leftover winds. we'll take that. thunderstorms across salt lake city. we had nasty thunderstorms with a big wind and sandstorms across
parts of arizona yesterday. and san francisco, strong storm that way. check it out. this is reminiscent of december, if not january. strong jet stream, good vortex spinning and getting a lot of energy into california. winter storm warnings are posted still for the sierra nevadas and into the wasatch of utah, above the 8,000 mark. we'll see a foot, maybe a foot and a half more of snow. elsewhere, the fire threat will be high across parts of the plains. we had the bastrop fire flare up yesterday and record-setting temperatures as far north as pierre. 95 degrees in through the dakotas yesterday. it willing 86 in minneapolis. meanwhile, 71 in new york city and 84 in atlanta. i want to show you some video out of a stock car race in oklahoma. look at this crash here. and one of the drivers, obviously the car explodes into
flames. that driver's name was terry mu muskrat. kip hughes gets out to pull his competitor out of his burning car. we later found out that kip hughes, his dad was a driver, carol, and suffered a similar accident and his face was burned because of it. and when he saw that as a 7-year-old child, he said if i'm a driver and i see a burning vehicle, i'm going to do what i can to get my fellow driver out. and that actually came true in his racing career. unbelievable stuff there. good stuff. >> good for him. like who cares who wins the race at that point? because, you know, some things are more important, right? >> exactly. you know, we somehow -- sometimes forget just how dangerous race car driving is with all the safety measures that we've seen in the past 10 to 20 years. it's dicey stuff, that's for sure. >> yeah. i'm glad everyone was okay. thank you, rob. >> take care. governor chris christie knows that being a public figure leaves you vulnerable for all
kinds of jokes. and for him, well, his weight is what comedians love to joke about. his response, make fun all you want, just be funny. here's your punch line. >> i honestly think he made the right decision because think about it this way. do we really want a president who looks like an american league umpire? no. we don't. aye! ha! he would have been the first american president visible from space. >> that's just so wrong. okay. people have been holding out and waiting for the new apple iphone, but this morning many are calling it nothing but a big, fat disappointment. why they're not so pleased. that's coming up. and here's today's "quote of the day." here it is. one of the world's highest paid actors in some hot water after saying this, actually. he said this after a photo
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it was actor johnny depp. he's describing photo shoots in an article that appears in "vanity fair." several rape victim advocacy groups have come out and called his comments insensitive. around this time yesterday, we talked about the excitement and anticipation of the new iphone. 24 hours later, i don't know that the excitement is still quite at the same level, so let's head to hong kong and kristi lu stout. it's not really an iphone 5, turns out. it's just sort of an iphone kind of better than iphone 4. >> yeah, but, you know, we did mention this yesterday in the show, that it could be an iphone 4 as sure enough some expectations or some people's expectations were set a little too high 37 apple did not unveil a brand-new smartphone but a souped-up version of the iphone 4. it has a better camera, better processor, and a demo. scott forestall, it pulled up
all the latest weather data, and that drew applause from the audience, but it did not impress investors. apple shares fell almost 5% after the big news and later recovered to end the day slightly lower. the iphone 4s will go on sale october 14th. >> i understand there's news in france involving the iphone 4. they're attempting to get a ban on sales of this new version of the iphone. >> yeah, samsung electronics is also not impressed by the iphone 4s. it will ask courts in italy and france to block its sale in those two countries. samsung claims that the iphone 4s uses two patents that belong to them. and apple has yet to respond to these claims. back to you. >> fascinating. another fascinating story you're working on, researchers in dallas, they could actually make objects disappear? >> that's right. this is another invisiblity cloak story. but this one uses something
called the mirage effect. now, a mirage happens when a big leap in temperature over a small distance bends light rays and sends them toward the eye. so when you see a pool of water in the middle of the desert, it's really just the blue sky being redirected onto the sand and then sent directly into your eye. now, instead of using sand, these researchers at the university of dallas, they used these microsheets of carbon nanotubes. and by hitting an on and off switch, they can quickly heat the nanotubes, bend the light rays and make an object appear invisible. so you have to check out the demo. it's on youtube. invisiblity created by tricking the human brain. pretty cool stuff. >> really cool stuff. kristi lu stout live from hong kong opinion no, no and no. new jersey governor chris christie puts an end to speculation about a 2012 presidential bid? what does this mean for other candidates still in the race? we'll have a closer look just
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15 minutes past the hour. now that governor christie has said no again to the 2012 presidential race, the attention turns back to the other gop candidates. need a brief refresher? leave it to comedian stephen colbert. here's your punch line. >> i don't know about you, but i could not be more excited about
all the options in the gop presidential field. these candidates are like the perfect appetizer sampler platter. you've got pizza bites, crazy bread, boiled potato, texas toast, flaw grau, imitation flaw grau, unexpected squirrel jerky, all with a santorum dipping sauce. mmm. >> i'm now for your political ticker with tim farley, host of "morning briefing" on sirius live from washington. good morning, tim. >> i'd bet on the squirrel jerky. i don't know about you, but i think i'm headed there, carol. >> so mean but still very funny, wasn't it? let's talk about new jersey governor chris christie. he says he is not running for president for a final time. so for a final time, let's
listen again. >> i've explored the options and listened to so many people and considered whether this was something that i needed to take on. but in the end, what i've always felt was the right decision remains the right decision today. now is not my time. i have a commitment to new jersey that i simply will not abandon. >> so, tim, is mitt romney doing the happy dance? >> well, i think he probably is. and you think about chris christie who is out, and by the way, agatha christie is not running nor julie christie or christie brinkley or mitch daniels. there's an interesting thing to talk about because going back to that colbert bit which was kind of funny, it was october the 3rd of 1991 when bill clinton, governor of arkansas, announced he was running for president. and the field, by the time you got to the new hampshire polls, the new hampshire primary, was bill clinton, paul tsongas and far behind were people like tom harkin and bob kerrey. and where are they now?
the point is is that this is very early in the process. if you had ten republicans in a room, two of them like mitt romney and probably the rest were split among the other candidates, maybe rick perry and herman cain share a couple voters. this is very early in the process. romney clearly had the most to gain because let's face it, he was the governor of a blue state. and he had a lot of what you would call liberal opinions. so chances are it was mitt romney had the most to gain, but we'll see as we move forward in this whole process who exactly is to gain because mitt didn't gain a whole lot when rick perry started faltering in those latest polls, carol. >> no. the person who gained was herman cain. it's amazing. of course, many analysts say that doesn't really mean anything. it's sort of just a placeholder, but it is intriguing his numbers have risen so dramatically. >> no, i think you're right. >> how important will a christie endorsement be, do you think? >> well, he could certainly
raise money. he could get out there and energize people. because once he jumps into the fray, he's a strong speaker, an inspiring speaker, and he brings something to the table that frankly we don't see from a mitt romney. and whether or not he would be able to get behind some of the positions that rick perry has is a question mark, but he'll go out there and stump for the republican candidate. because as you heard yesterday, he's not going to be the vice presidential candidate. he said i'm not a number two kind of guy and also he's not going to make an endorsement right now. he'll be a kingmaker. i think we'll see him on the presidential candidate campaign trail. >> if you're a republican, this is the field that's going to be, so you might as well get used to it. >> yeah, a lot of the most people are thinking so. you could see sarah palin, but i doubt it at this point. i think the other thing to watch which is this group that is trying to push for a third-party candidate, somebody who is outside the mainstream going
back again to that 1992 ross perot helping bill clinton get elected with 43% of the vote. i'm not sure that we see an individual like that right now, but there is a yearning for something other than what the two parties have offered. and we may see something bubble up. americans elect is a group that's trying to do that. that's another part of the story line. but i think we've seen the republican field. >> yeah, that group has gained a lot of traction online. many supporters. tim farley, thanks, as always, host of "morning briefing" on sirius radio. it's a good bet most american woman wouldn't consider getting into a car with a stranger, but in one nation, some women say they're not afraid to hitch a ride. we'll explain. first, take a box of doughnuts to work for your coworkers, open the door for a friend or pay a compliment to a complete stranger. that's because today is do something nice day. ah. there isn't much information on how this day started, but you really don't need a reason to take part, do you?
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hill to demand that congress focus on jobs, not cuts. the event is being organized by the american dream movement. 18 deaths now linked to cantaloupes contaminated with listeria. federal health officials say cantaloupes from jensen farms should be thrown out immediately. if you're not sure about the source, check your supermarket or to be really safe, throw the can cantaloupe away. any u.s. troops will remain in iraq after the first year -- actually, they're trying to negotiate how many american troops will remain in iraq, and there might be a surprise announcement coming very soon. let's head around the world with zain verjee from london. i know i kind of butchered that intro, but tell us about this, zain. >> you butcher anything at all, carol. don't worry about it. always so eloquent. yeah, you did, you know what? one of the things that's really important here is that the iraqis are discussing that after 2011, it's not just talking about troop withdrawal, they also don't want to give any
legal immunity against iraqi law to u.s. troops. this has been a real sore point for americans because they say, well, if our troops are there in good faith, in a dangerous situation, they should have immunity from protection. but a lot of iraqis have felt, well, why should they? they should be able to be prosecuted under iraqi law. and they point to things like the abu ghraib prison scandal, blackwater, killing iraqi civilians. and so that is an issue of contention. the u.s. wants more clarification on this as the iraqis continue to talk about troop withdrawal and whether they even want all u.s. troops out of iraq by the first of the year. >> got it. let's talk about cuba now. most women in this country wouldn't even consider getting into a car with a stranger, but in cuba, it's a whole different thing. >> yeah. it's actually the norm. you know what they call it, [ speaking spanish ] you know what that means?
grabbing a bottle. basically they do all this hitchhiking all the time because they say the public transport is so difficult and time-consuming, it's easier just to hitchhike. listen to what they say. >> translator: people with cars are conscientious, says yvette, a schoolteacher. they stop because the reality is that public transportation is really difficult. i'm not afraid, she says. i even have friends who met their boyfriends doing this. >> so it's a good way to meet people, i guess, too, carol. i'll give you an example. one of the people was saying that it takes them two hours by bus to go from work to home. and if you hitchhike, it just takes 30 minutes. so it's practical, too, and you could get a hookup. carol? >> i mean, are there big crime problems in cuba? is it really that dangerous? >> well, they say it's not that dangerous. this have been a few instances, but the majority of people say
that they feel safe. they don't feel afraid. and that they're going to continue doing it because it's more practical. so it seems as though in cuba, that that actually outweighs any of the danger and the incidents that have factored into this. you're right, in the u.s. and other parts of the world, people wouldn't dream of doing that. >> no, i don't think i'll be doing that anytime soon here at home. zain verjee, thank you very much, as usual. the worst place to be during an explosion, you ask? would be in that building. inside the explosion, details on exactly what happened. plus, how much will it cost to repair washington's national cathedral after the august earthquake? a lot. it's 27 minutes past the hour. i want healthy skin for life. [ female announcer ] improve the health of your skin with aveeno daily moisturizing lotion. the natural oatmeal formula improves skin's health in one day, with significant improvement in 2 weeks.
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good morning. it is wednesday, october 5th. this is your a.m. "wake-up call." i'm carol costello live from new york. later today the involuntary manslaughter trial of michael jackson's doctor, coroner office investigators expected to detail jackson's home including bottles of propofol. three of dr. conrad murray's former girlfriends stole much of the show yesterday. one described how she may have been on the phone with murray when the pop star lost consciousness. also on the stand, the pharmacist who supplied dr. murray with the drugs prosecutors say killed michael jackson. >> after reviewing all of the orders placed by conrad murray to you, can you provide me with
the total number of propofol vials that were sold and shipped to conrad murray? >> i can confirm the number. >> is the number 255? >> yes. >> the detective who interviewed murray after jackson's death is also expected to take the stand later today. a chopper that crashed in new york's east river killed a woman celebrating her 40th birthday. investigators say the 40-year-old victim was from australia. her friend, her mother and her stepfather were all injured when the chopper went down yesterday. a witness describes the moments after the crash. >> when i got there, i said, you know, i thought i was going to see people bobbing up and down in the water. there was no one. it was just those two struts pointing towards queens. i yelled over to those people. i said, where is everyone? where is everyone? and they said, they're not up. >> new york mayor michael bloomberg said the pilot radioed
there was trouble just before he came in for a landing. moments later, the helicopter crashed into the river. it's one of the firefighters' biggest fears, a backdraft. >> go, go, go, go! >> this explosion blew out all of the windows of an ohio restaurant. amazingly, three brave firefighters escaped unharmed. they crawled out of there. a backdraft's power comes from an oxygen-starved fire getting a burst of air. the blaze re-ignites so fast, it causes an explosion like that. the restaurant, of course, was totally destroyed. still no word on what caused this fire. the house judiciary committee chairman wants president obama to appoint a special council to investigate eric holder. it involves a now discredited gun-running operation that al w allowed u.s. agents --
u.s.-bought firearms to get into mexico. federal agents were hoping to track the sellers and purchasers of guns to mexican cartels, but some of the weapons were traced back to the murder scenes in the united states and mexico. leaked documents suggest holder knew about "operation fast and furious" earlier than he told congress in may. for weeks we heard the president's repeated calls for congress to pass his jobs bill. as he returned from pitching his jobs plan in texas, senate republicans tried to force a quick vote on the bill. but it was blocked by democrats. republicans hope to show that even some democratic supporters oppose the president's plan. the white house press secretary called the move a political stunt. washington's national cathedral is slated to reopen on november 12th. it was one of several buildings damaged by the august earthquake. officials say its full restoration will take years and that the total cost of that restoration will be in the tens of. s
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the heart of a one-to-one relationship. together for your future. ♪ welcome back to "wake-up call." citibank is the latest big bank to hit customers with a round of fee hikes. let's head to christine romans here in new york. now there are new charges on checking accounts, and people are not happy about this. >> you know, this, carol, we saw this coming. we knew that free checking was going away. we knew that rewards programs were going away. we knew that there would be new create everybody types of fees on accounts that use debit cards. why? because the industry has said, for almost two years, that if congress takes away their fee machine that they were slapping on people for years, billions of dollars, that they would find new ways within the law to do
it, and they are. the latest is citi. citi is raising some of the fees that it has on its basic checking accounts. now, there are ways to get around it, of course. you could do a handful of online transactions, direct deposits, keep your balance a certain way. the bottom line is, for a lot of citibank customers, there will be new charges on their checking accounts. now, i want to give you some advice here. people are so outraged, but the banks are betting on the fact that you're outraged, but you're not going to go through the pain in the you know what to switch an account. so if you want to avoid these bank fees, you should look at credit unions. three-quarters of credit unions do not have any fees. no strings, no fees. find small local banks who want your business who are also have lower minimum balances that they're requiring to avoid fees. consolidate your accounts. if you have your savings in a cd, in a checking account bundled all in the same place and you do online banking through the bank, direct bill pay, direct deposit, you might
be able to avoid some of these fees. only use in-network atms. carol, i've said this for years till i'm blue in the face. this is why banks charge fees that they can, because they know that you will pay them. millions of people every day use an out-of-network atm because it's convenient. think of that. you pay 3 bucks to get $50 out. that's 6% you're paying on your own money. people do it all the time. the banks know it. that's why they keep slapping on fees because people don't stop paying them. don't bounce a check, pay on time or pay cash. i tell everyone to go to bankrate.com. they've got a lot of analysis on what the fees are at different banks and credit unions and small banks so that you have all the information you need to decide who's going to be the guardian of your money, carol. >> what was interesting on the floor of the senate, senator dick durbin really lashed back at bank of america because bank of america actually blamed congress for its, you know, new fee on debit cards. so senator durbin stood up, he looked drekly into the camera, which is, again, unusual. and this is what he had to say.
listen. >> if they decide that they want to penalize their customers and nail them $5 a month, $3 a month, that's their decision. but i hope that what happens next is that bank customers across america realize they have the right to change their banks, to move to banks that aren't going to nail them with these fees that are driven by greed. >> and you're right, christine. it is a pain in the you mow what to change banks. but the consumer does have power. but when you have that power, you have to use it. and many people don't. >> that's right. they just don't. people don't walk. and one thing that's interesting because senator durbin, there are those who said his comments were irresponsible, carol, because you don't want to be promoting a run on a bank in america, which is essentially he was saying walk with your feet, get out of bank of america. but the banks and the banking industry is counting on the fact that you won't. they know that people over and
over and over again pay fees like the atm fee willingly. they walk to a bank that isn't theirs. and they pay twice to get their own money out. for whatever reason, consumers complain about this, but they don't actually do anything about it. congress tried to do something about it and had that card act so you couldn't have your interest rate jacked up really high. now you have to give 30 days' notice if there are going to be any fees on your account. so you'll have notice from your bank about these fees. but i would encourage everyone to really take a look at what the fees you're paying and what you can avoid, and look at those small community banks. look at those credit unions. and do something about it. i feel bad, when you look at some of these fees, carol, they're really eating into people's incomes. if your income isn't growing, your cost of living is growing a little bit, and the fees on your accounts are 120 bucks a year, you're losing money to have someone hold your money in the bank. >> well, and the biggest us f m frustration people have besides bank of america is it's having
problems, right? but the ceos are still making lots and lots of money, and most banks are still making enormous profits. it's like hmm. we'll see what happens. >> credit unions are not for profit. just remember that. banks are for-profit industries. their stated mission is to make money for shareholders. >> gotcha. we'll talk more about it on "american morning." christine romans, thank you, as always. the guessing game involving chris christie is over. his decision on whether to run for the white house, well, we know what it is finally. we'll explore what it means next.
good morning. it is wednesday, october 5th. this is your "a.m. wake-up call." i'm carol costello live from new york. it is a new day in every sense of the word for amanda knox. she's waking up in the united states for the first time in four years. she returned to the u.s. with her family yesterday, just one day after an italian appeals court overturned her murder
conviction in the death of her british roommate, meredith kercher. knox fought back tears thanking family and friends for their support during her time in prison. >> what's important for me is just saying thank you to everyone who has believed in me, who has defended me, who has supported my family. i just want -- my family is the most important thing to me right now, and i just want to go and be with them, so thank you for being there for me. >> italian prosecutors say they will appeal the knox ruling to italy's supreme court. the wall street protesters are getting some reinforcements from groups who know a thing or two about demonstrations. several unions are endorsing the so-called occupy wall street movement and plan to join the protesters in new york's financial district today. the protests started several
weeks ago and have spread to several other cities. members say they oppose corporate influence, social inequality and other disparities between the rich and the poor. a new survey of veterans says a lot of them feel that the cost of war is too high. let's head around the world with zain verjee. i find this poll really kind of depressing, actually. >> it is. you know, the vets, they don't think that the cost of war in iraq and afghanistan was necessarily worth it. and that's a pretty low number. what they're saying, too, though is that they're really proud that they went out there, and they're really proud of their service. this poll also shows that a lot of vets are just generally ambivalent when they come back because they have benefits back home when they get to the u.s. but this are also a lot of real troubles that they face. they say it's been really hard to return to civilian life and readjust and just being normal again. a lot of them, too, go through a lot of emotional and psychological scarring when
they're out in war zones. and they just say that there's a massive gap of understanding between them and their families and their friends and the wider society when they come back home. so it's a struggle. carol? >> yeah. you know, a lot of people make a show of supporting troops, but they don't really, really support them as far as, you know, being willing to pay for maybe medical care or volunteering at a veterans hospital or things like that which would really help out much more. let's talk about where you live over there in the uk because we always hear that the britons have a stiff upper lip, but it turns out that might be making them sick. >> we're all really stressed here, really, really stressed. and the stiff upper lip's gone out the window when it comes to jobs because the biggest stress here in the uk is for people in the workplace feeling that they are, at any moment, about to lose their jobs. i'm just looking at a survey that was done. and they say essentially it was that as well as people's work
loads that they have to deal with, that it's become so intense. and they're also really stressed about the management style sometimes in the company that they work for. so a lot of experts are saying that the key thing for managers is to communicate with their staff and just let them know exactly what's going on. and then also to offer any kind of support services, counseling that they think any of the staff members may need. long-term sick leave here in the uk has actually become, you know, quite consistent because people are just so stressed that they -- it even beats cancer, just sick leave because of stress. >> wow. well, many americans can relate exactly to what you're saying. zain verjee live in london, thanks so much. now a look at this day in history. if you're having a martini sometime today, order it shaken, not stirred. because you can pay tribute to bond, james bond. dr. no, the first movie in the james bond film series which was released october 5th, 1962.
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ten minutes till the top of the hour. let's take a look at sports this morning. don't make any plans to see your favorite nba team any time soon. the league just canceled all 114 of its preseason games. owners and players are negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement. one of the main issues, owners say the league is losing money, and they want players to take a pay cut. to baseball now where the
playoffs are in full swing. plenty of sports to update you on. but first, check out these pictures. adrian beltre had a stellar night, hitting three home runs for the texas rangers. wow! check out that cameraman getting a shot of beltre as he rounds third base. whoops! that's so embarrassing. but there's no crying in baseball, right? well, maybe the tampa bay rays are crying. beltre's power surge helped the rangers eliminate tampa from the playoffs 3-1. three other games to tell you about. philadelphia beat st. louis. the phillies now up 2-1. arizona beats milwaukee. but the brewers still lead the series, 2-1. and of course, there was one more game that i have to tell you about. although i don't really want to. my detroit tigers looking to knock the new york yankees out of the playoffs. but it was a long night. the yankees win, 10-1. the series now tied at 2-2. and that's okay, rob marciano, because i'm not worried.
and in case all of you didn't know, i'm a tigers fan. rob is, well, a yankees fan. winner take all now, rob. game five tomorrow night. winner moves on. loser goes home. >> i'm glad you're not worried because everybody in detroit is. the good news is, carol, is that -- >> not everybody in detroit. >> we're guaranteeing a rain-free game five tomorrow night in the bronx. how's that sound? >> thank goodness. that's great. >> weather pattern ushering many drier but chilly weather. flight delays across this part of the country. the winds today will -- may knock down -- not knock down planes but will cause some delays at some of the airports. san francisco, strong thunderstorms. we've got some snow and rain out there, in los angeles and vegas as well. look at this storm system, powering california, much like it would in november or december. so this is a very winterlike storm. we're seeing winterlike results.
snowing along the i-80 corridor and winter storm warnings posted for the sierra nevadas. above 8,000 feet in the wasatch of utah. and parts of the colorado rockies will see maybe a foot or more. meanwhile, back at the ranch, here we go. starting to see some cooler air move into the northeast. morning lows in the 20s and 30s. frost and freeze advisories and warnings have been posted because the system that has been causing the unsettled weather across the northeast is finally moving out. and that means drier but cooler weather moving in. meanwhile, the heat continues to get pumped up across the nation's midsection. temperatures in pierre, south dakota, yesterday over 90 degrees. my goodness. 86. break out the bikini in minneapolis, 78 degrees in chicago, good luck to you tomorrow night and your tigers. it's a feel-good story, sort of, but i think texas will be playing the yankees come the
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it is three minutes until the top of the hour. this is your "a.m. wake-up call." now back to our word of the day. you may soon start hearing a lot of people say they're going to start using their siri function. it's apple's new voice application on the new iphone 4s. apple says siri understands what you say and can use it to do a number of things including sending messages, scheduling meetings and making phone calls. now you know. let's head to the nasdaq market site and check in with charter evans. >> our futures are kind of mixed. we have a report on the mortgage index coming up, a report on the service sector. we're also getting that adp employment report, that's an indication of what we might expect when we get the jobs report on friday. cnn money premarket page. nasdaq up. >> did we lose him? >> this today on cnnmoney.com, moody's downgrading italy, knocking its credit down three notches, saying it has some
serious structural financial problems so the european debt woes continue. >> ooh. and of course that never means good news for, you know, us here in the united states. tell us about this new poll when it comes to spouses sort of not telling the other spouse honestly how they're spending their money. >> yeah. it shows that 24% of spouses cheat. financially. financially, that is. basically saying 24%% say they would not tell their spouse if they were having financial problems. the main concern is that it would damage the relationship. the other concern is that they say their spouse doesn't really know anything. don't want to get them all concerned about it. i guess the good news is 76% of people say two heads are better than one when solving financial problems. by the way, i heard you talking with christine romans about all these new citibank charges. here's my letter from citibank telling me that i'm getting a downgrade in service and for that privilege, i get to pay more. nice, huh? >> they actually sa